With the City Elections coming up on Nov. 7, 2017, there are four candidates running for two seats on the Waukee City Council. Here are the candidates:


Anna Bergman


Age: 26


How​ ​long​ ​have​ ​you​ ​lived​ ​in​ ​Waukee: I am a Waukee K-12 graduate and Waukee has always been my home since being raised here.


Family​ ​Members:


My parents still run their small business here, as do I. They live on an acreage on the West side of town. My sister and her husband, both teachers, live near Waukee High School with their daughters.


Current​ ​Occupation​ ​and​ ​place​ ​of​ ​employment: Director of Legal and Policy Services for the Iowa Association of School Boards


College​ ​and​ ​Degree: JD, Drake University Law School, MBA, Drake University College of Business, BA, Drake University College of Arts and Sciences


Previous​ ​Elected​ ​Official​ ​Experience: Current Mayor Pro Tem following mid – term appointment during the last term


Top​ ​Three​ ​Priorities​ ​if​ ​elected​:


Small business development: Small businesses are the backbone to strong economic growth and are a staple to our community’s economy. Outreach, education and the expanding of our commercial development, City-wide, will help ensure that our small businesses are able to thrive. Providing exceptional resources, service and infrastructure to local business will help to continue to make Waukee a community where business owners can live, work and stay.


Preservation of hometown values: Familial values are very important to the members of our close-knit Community, and they’re important to me, as a resident that calls Waukee my hometown. Between preserving the history of our town and its origin and continuing to make the downtown triangle a focal point for our community gatherings, there is still a great deal that we can do to ensure that we honor and pay tribute to the foundation of our community. As we expand our community, it is necessary that the heart of Waukee remains intact and well-represented, which is why I continue to dedicate time to community organizations and events with that same mission.


Fiscally responsible growth management: Responsible growth must be strategic, must allow us to diversify our revenue base and must be forward-thinking. With each development decision that we make, we know that we are deciding not only for the Waukee of today but for the Waukee of ten and twenty years from now. As budget concerns cross our great State yet again going into this term, it is critical that we continue to look for creative ways to provide excellent resources and services to our residents without hindering our financial integrity.


Charlie Bottenberg


Age: 36


How long have you lived in Waukee: 11 years


Family Members: Dr. Michelle Bottenberg, and 3 children ages 10, 6, and 3.


Current Occupation and place of employment: Attorney at my own firm, Masterson & Bottenberg, LLP in Waukee


College and Degree: Drake University – B.A. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology


Drake University – Juris Doctor


Iowa State University – Master of Business Administration


Previous Elected Official Experience: Waukee City Council


Top Three Priorities if elected:


Catch our park amenities up. As most Waukee citizens are aware, our city has a few parcels of land that are intended as parks that we don’t currently have funding for. As the Alice’s Road project finalizes after 2018, we should hopefully have more funding to put towards park projects; like the proposed dog park, family friendly options like splash pads, and ideally down the road an aquatic center.


Responsible fiscal policy. As our city continues to grow, we will continue to have many conflicting priorities and tough decisions on where to spend our limited resources. Additionally, we will have to decide how comfortable, or not comfortable, we are with our current debt load and tax base. My priority is to ensure that the debt we take on directly improves our city and is used for responsible infrastructure projects and improvements, and to ensure that we don’t enter dangerous fiscal waters.


Maintaining our hometown feel. Waukee is at a crossroads in our development with all of the open land surrounding us and entities willing to develop it. We are at a point where we can decide just how big of a city we want to be, and I want to make sure that whatever decision we come to takes into consideration the needs and wants of all segments of our community, not just the most vocal.


​Courtney​ ​Clarke


Age:​ ​​36


How​ ​long​ ​have​ ​you​ ​lived​ ​in​ ​Waukee:​ Nine years.


Family​ ​Members:​ ​ ​Husband:​ ​Adam​ ​Clarke.​ ​Four​ ​children:​ ​Chloe,​ ​Emmett,​ ​Teagan,​ ​Rylie


Current​ ​Occupation​ ​and​ ​place​ ​of​ ​employment:​ ​ ​Director​ ​at​ ​Miles​ ​Capital,​ ​Inc.


College​ ​and​ ​Degree:​ ​ ​Iowa​ ​State​ ​University,​ ​Bachelors​ ​in​ ​Business​ ​Management​ ​and International​ ​Business


Previous​ ​Elected​ ​Official​ ​Experience:​ ​ ​None


Top​ ​Three​ ​Priorities​ ​if​ ​elected​:


1. Ensure​ ​Waukee’s​ ​comprehensive​ ​plan​ ​(Imagine​ ​Waukee​ ​2040)​ ​provides​ ​a​ ​clear plan​ ​for​ ​success​ ​and​ ​a​ ​balance​ ​between​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​growth,​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​revitalize Waukee’s​ ​already​ ​existing​ ​infrastructure,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​new​ ​services​ ​as​ ​our population​ ​grows.​ ​Waukee​ ​has​ ​a​ ​strategic​ ​plan,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​does​ ​not​ ​consider​ ​the​ ​needs of​ ​the​ ​existing​ ​neighborhoods​ ​and​ ​infrastructure​ ​(roads,​ ​utilities,​ ​transportation, empty​ ​buildings,​ ​etc.).​ ​The​ ​plan​ ​should​ ​also​ ​incorporate​ ​a​ ​clear​ ​path​ ​and milestones​ ​(i.e.​ ​what​ ​we​ ​will​ ​do​ ​in​ ​the​ ​next​ ​5​ ​years,​ ​10​ ​years,​ ​15​ ​and​ ​beyond).


2. Support​ ​fiscally​ ​responsible​ ​growth​ ​and​ ​market​ ​our​ ​strong​ ​local​ ​assets.​ ​We​ ​need to​ ​find​ ​alternative​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​finance​ ​new​ ​development​ ​that​ ​do​ ​not​ ​add​ ​to​ ​the​ ​tax​ ​and fee​ ​burdens​ ​on​ ​residents.​ ​We​ ​also​ ​need​ ​to​ ​market​ ​the​ ​many​ ​resources​ ​we currently​ ​have​ ​here​ ​to​ ​attract​ ​employers,​ ​including​ ​a​ ​vibrant​ ​and​ ​educated workforce,​ ​land​ ​opportunities,​ ​strong​ ​schools,​ ​community​ ​organizations,​ ​and​ ​a unique​ ​identity​ ​and​ ​community​ ​feel.


3. Listen​ ​to​ ​and​ ​collaborate​ ​with​ ​all​ ​community​ ​partners.​ ​One​ ​example​ ​is​ ​that Waukee​ ​rezones​ ​districts​ ​on​ ​a​ ​monthly​ ​basis,​ ​but​ ​does​ ​not​ ​always​ ​consider​ ​the true​ ​impact​ ​to​ ​the​ ​already​ ​existing​ ​neighborhoods.​ ​We​ ​need​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​our neighborhoods,​ ​our​ ​businesses,​ ​service​ ​providers,​ ​nonprofits,​ ​and​ ​all stakeholders​ ​to​ ​be​ ​sure​ ​we​ ​consider​ ​all​ ​views​ ​and​ ​act​ ​on​ ​the​ ​best​ ​possible​ ​ideas and​ ​solutions.


Brian K. Harrison


Age: 44


How long have you lived in Waukee: 12 years


Family Members: Wife: Pam, Children: Taylor-16, Parker-13, Clark-9


Current Occupation and place of employment: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Innovations.


College and Degree: Grand View University – Political Studies


Previous Elected Official Experience: 4 years with the Waukee City Council


Top Three Priorities if elected:


1.) Fiscal Responsibility: Over the past four years, as a council, we have been able to strategically plan for unplanned growth through providing new infrastructure, replacing/repairing old and move forward with many other projects. At the same time, we have also achieved an upgrade in the city’s very good bond grading.


2.) Responsible Growth: With the addition of Kettlestone, new additions to the Hickman corridor and now Apple, we have an obligation to build and attract the very best. However, we need to do this responsible way. We cannot forget the Historic downtown area and legacy part that started Waukee.


3.) Safe place to live work and play: Waukee takes pride in being a safe place to live, work and play. Continuing with our strategic planning and priorities will put us on the path to establishing a second law enforcement center and fire station. Knowing how and where Waukee will continue to grow will help us pin point where additional stations and resources are needed.